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Harald Sohlberg, (1869–1935), a neo-romanticist, is remembered for his paintings of Røros, and the Norwegian "national painting" Winter's Night in Rondane.

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Johan Christian Dahl (1788–1857) is often said to be the "father of Norwegian landscape painting". After a period in Copenhagen, he joined the Dresden school to which he made an important contribution. He eventually returned to paint the landscapes of western Norway, defining Norwegian painting for the first time.[2]

Oslo is also home to lists of fantastic independent galleries that are scattered across the city. Tjuvholmen is a cultural hub that is home to a handful of standout galleries such as Galleri Riis, Galleri Brandstrup and Pushwagner Gallery. Other noteworthy institutes include Galleri Maria Veie and Kunsthall Oslo.

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Through an art tour of Oslo’s past and present, we look at must see venues for all art enthusiasts, from museums and galleries to sculpture parks, which reveal how the Norwegian capital has defined itself as an artistic hub in Scandinavia.

The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, St. Olavs Gate 1, 0165 Oslo, +47 21 98 20 00.

The National Gallery was founded in 1837 and is Norway’s largest public collection of paintings. The opening of the gallery can be seen as a significant step in Norway’s cultural history, representing a celebration of Norwegian art which would help fuel Norway’s independence from Sweden in 1905. Today the gallery holds tens of thousands of works from both Norwegian and international artists, and one of the many highlights is Edvard Munch’s The Scream.

Nikolai Astrup (1880–1928) grew up in Jølster in the west of Norway. After studying art in Oslo and spending some time in Paris and in Germany, he returned to Jølster where he specialised in painting neo-romantic landscapes with clear, strong colors. He is remembered as one of the greatest Norwegian artists from the early 20th century.[4]

Adolph Tidemand (1814–1876) studied in Copenhagen, in Italy and finally in Düsseldorf where he settled. He often returned to Norway where he painted the old Norwegian farm culture. His best known painting is The bridal procession in Hardanger (together with Hans Gude, 1848) and Haugianerne (Haugeans) painted in 1852.

We especially loved the blown-glass “trees” by Andreas Engesvik which we discovered at StokkeAustad. Feeling inspired, we’ve assembled a collection of work by our very own Saatchi Online artists who call Norway home.

The Inside Norway booth featured the innovative collections of five Norwegian design companies, including Variér, VAD, Stokke, Mandal Veveri, and Røros Tweed.

Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen Fine Art Society, Rasmus Meyers allé 5, Bergen, Norway, +47 55 55 93 10

The Norwegian Center for Design and Architecture (DogA) was founded in 2005 to act ‘as a meeting place for design, architecture and related subject areas’. The center is home to the Oslo Architecture Triennale, which takes place every third autumn and lasts for 10 weeks. Today the center is a significant venue in Norway’s design and architecture industries, and the exhibitions and conferences held here feature the work of the best practitioners in the country and around the world.

Contemporary art is mostly associated with disciplines such as painting, sculpture, photography, and video. But there are a number of artists who chose instead to express themselves through the experimental medium of sound. These artists have a home in Bergen at Lydgalleriet, a gallery devoted exclusively to showcasing exhibitions which involve the use of sound. The result is a dynamic program of groundbreaking shows that widen the horizon of contemporary art practices. 

The National Museum – Architecture, Bankplassen 3, 0151 Oslo, +47 21 98 20 00.

The Reformation and the loss of a permanent royal court after the Kalmar Union of 1397 greatly disrupted Norwegian artistic traditions, and left the existing body of painters and sculptors without large markets. The requirements of the small aristocratic class were mainly for portraits, usually by imported artists, and it was not until the 19th century that significant numbers of Norwegians were trained in contemporary styles.

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20th-century sculptors include Gustav Vigeland, Nils Aas, Arnold Haukeland, Bård Breivik, Anne Grimdalen, Kristofer Leirdal, Per Palle Storm, Nina Sundbye, Dyre Vaa and Wilhelm Rasmussen.

Norway’s new-found independence from Denmark encouraged painters to develop their Norwegian identity, especially with landscape painting by artists such as Kitty Kielland, 1843–1914, an early female painter who studied under Gude and Harriet Backer, 1845–1932, another pioneer among female artists, influenced by impressionism.

Other noteworthy 19th century painters are: August Cappelen, Peder Balke, Peter Nicolai Arbo, Eilif Peterssen, Gustav Wentzel, Oscar Wergeland, Erik Werenskiold, Asta Nørregaard, Amaldus Nielsen, Oda Krohg, Fritz Thaulow, Carl Sundt-Hansen, Christian Skredsvig, Gunnar Berg, Halfdan Egedius, Theodor Kittelsen, Harald Sohlberg.

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Bankplassen 4, 0151 Oslo, +47 21 98 20 00.

Frits Thaulow, 1847–1906, an impressionist, was initially a student of Hans Gude. He was later influenced by the art scene in Paris where he developed impressionist talents. Returning to Norway in 1880, he became one of the leading figures on the Norwegian art scene, together with Christian Krohg and Erik Werenskiold.

Lars Hertervig (1830–1902) from Tysvær in south-western Norway painted semi-fantastical works inspired by the coastal landscape in Ryfylke. Hertervig completed a number of works on paper using aquarelles and often making the paper base himself from scrapes of discarded pieces of paper. The art museum under the main museum, Stavanger Museum, in Stavanger, Rogaland (previously Rogaland Museum of Fine Art) has the most significant collection of works by Hertervig in Norway.

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Another important early contributor was Johannes Flintoe (1787–1870), a Danish-Norwegian painter, known for his Norwegian landscapes and paintings of folk costumes. He taught at the School of Drawing (Tegneskolen) in Christiania from 1819 to 1851 where his students included budding romanticists such as Hans Gude and Johan F. Eckersberg.[2]

Keep up with what’s happening in the world of art, from special happenings and exhibitions, to market trends and gossip. You’ll also find our recaps of what’s been happening each week at Saatchi Art, online, and around the world.

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Galleri Langegaarden, Galleri Langegården, Straumeveien 17A, Bergen, Norway 

Munch Museum, Besøkadresse, Tøyengata 53, 0578 Oslo, +47 23 49 35 00.

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In textile art Hannah Ryggen (1894–1970) holds a unique position. Frida Hansen was an art nouveau textile artist.

Christian Krohg, 1852–1925, a realist painter, was also influenced by the Paris scene. He is remembered for his paintings of prostitutes which caused something of a scandal.[3]

This past weekend while at Dwell On Design to launch Saatchi Online By Design, we had the pleasure of having our booth situated across the aisle from InsideNorway, a Norwegian design collective.

At the foot of the seven mountains that surround Norway’s second largest city, there’s a lively art scene promoting local artists. Aside from a major museum with works by the likes of Munch and Picasso, art in Bergen is in the hands of a number of independent galleries and centers for the arts, often sponsored by forward-thinking national institutions. Discover the best of Bergen’s artistic community in our guide to the city’s top gallery spaces.

The Munch Museum holds the world’s largest collection of Edvard Munch’s work, culminating together as almost 28,000 pieces, as well as items that belonged to the great artist and his private library. Inspiring and enlightening, this museum offers an unrivalled insight into one of history’s most famous artists.

Norwegian art came into its own in the 19th century, especially with the early landscape painters. Until that time, the art scene in Norway had been dominated by imports from Germany and Holland and by the influence of Danish rule. Initially with landscape painting, later with Impressionism and Realism.[1] Though for the rest of the world Edvard Munch (1863–1944) is certainly Norway's great artistic figure, there have been many other significant figures.

Thorolf Holmboe (1866–1935) studied under Hans Gude in Berlin between 1886 and 1887 and Fernand Cormon in Paris between 1889 and 1891. He was inspired by many different styles at different points in his career, including Naturalism, Neo-romanticism, Realism and Impressionism.

Norwegian art refers to the visual arts produced in Norway or by Norwegian artists. For much of its history Norwegian art is usually considered as part of the wider Nordic art of Scandinavia. It has, especially since about 1100, been strongly influenced by wider trends in European art. After World War II, the influence of the United States strengthened substantially. Due to generous art subsidies, contemporary Norwegian art has a big production per capita.